How To Wear Cream Foundation When You Have Oily Skin
Cream foundations … do you love it or hate it? I have oily skin and there are so many cream foundations that I wanted to love but it just didn’t work out. I was pretty sure that I was done with it until I picked up the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. The formula is so creamy that it melts right into your skin versus sitting on it (which tends to happen with most cream foundations and oily skin). It’s taken me a while to figure out the best way to wear this formula with my oily skin, but I think I got it down.
Keep reading if you want to learn how to wear cream foundation when you have oily skin.
Before you start, you’ll want to prime your face with a mattifying primer concentrating it in the t-zone. Today i’m using my trusty Benefit Porefessional. I also love and recommend the Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizing Primer: Matte and Mac Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone.
Next you’re going to set your t-zone with a loose setting powder. I use Elf's Small Tapered Brush or a damp Beauty Blender for this step. Doing this will help set the primer and prepare your face/oily skin for cream foundation.
After you set your face you’re going to apply the cream foundation. The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is pretty full coverage, but it can be worn with light to medium coverage depending on the amount of product you apply.
- For light/natural coverage, I suggest using the foundation as a spot concealer covering any blemishes or uneven skin tone.
- For medium coverage, apply 1-2 stripes on each cheek and one stripe near each temple. I prefer wearing cream foundation like this.
- For full coverage, apply three stripes on each cheek and 1-2 stripes near each temple.
Cream foundations looks best when it is buffed into the skin with a buffing brush. The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation comes with its own buffer brush (sold separately), but any dense, buffer brush will do.
With your buffer brush, use circular motions to buff the product into the skin. To further melt the product in the skin, bounce a damp Beauty Blender onto your face concentrating on your t-zone. This will help the cream foundation from caking up in those oily areas.
This next step is the most important: setting your foundation. To set cream foundation, you’re going to take a little bit of loose setting powder on a fluffy face brush and press it into the skin using a rolling motion. Pressing the loose powder versus swiping it sets the product in place and doesn’t move it around in the process of setting it. I also feel like pressing the product prevents all foundations (not just cream foundations) from caking up.
Once you’re done applying the rest of your makeup, you’ll want to set your makeup with a setting spray. Since we just mattified our whole face before and after using a cream foundation, we want the foundation to look its glowy best. I suggest a light spritz (2-3 bursts) for healthy-looking skin. I love any setting spray but my top three are:
In all of my time testing out cream foundation, i’ve come to realize that it is just not meant to be worn all day by oily skin people. Unless you have well-behaved oily skin, most cream foundations will look good for 3-4 hours … 5 if you are sitting still. But just because it doesn’t have the staying power of our 9-5 job doesn’t mean that we can’t wear it. I suggest saving it for a special occasion like a wedding or a night out with the girls.
What about you? How do you wear cream foundation with oily skin?
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